How to Convert DVR MS in Linux

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How to Convert DVR MS in Linux
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Converting between video formats helps increase the compatibility of a file. The DVR-MS format is used, primarily, by Windows software when it records live TV streams. To convert a DVR-MS file, you need a video encoder that is capable of converting between a wide variety of formats. FFmpeg, like a lot of programs for Linux, is best operated from the command line. FFmpeg comes pre-installed on many Linux distributions and can be easily set-up if not. FFmpeg can convert between almost any video format you wish.

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    Open your Linux Terminal emulator. Access to this differs depending on your Linux distribution, so check your distribution's documentation if you are unsure.

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    Type "ffmpeg -i /path/to/your/ -vcodec copy -acodec copy /path/to/your/" (without quotation marks).

    Replace "path/to/your/file" with the location and file name of your DVR-MS file you need to convert.

    Replace "path/to/your/newfile" with the designated location and file name of your converted file. Replace "xxx" with the file format that you want to convert your video to.

  3. 3

    Press "Enter" to begin the conversion. DVR-MS are high-quality video files; therefore, depending on the video length and your system specifications, the conversion could several hours to perform.

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